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A nick little payday for Rick
University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino would make $425,000 extra this year -- on top of a $5.7 million pay package -- by leading his favored Cardinals to the championship of the men’s national basketball tournament.
Pitino is everything Calipari wishes he was. I'm not sure he would even listen if we came calling.
I hate fabricated "sport's salaries are too high" articles that use artificial financial comparison like smaller universities and academic/bureacratic university salaries.
Not that I don't see how the coaching salary arms race has pushed coaching salaries sky high recently, but a good comparison for Pitino's salary would be measured against his peers, and the value he brings to the university.
Actual $$ are rather insignificant compared to the ROI.
He also made $500K on Saturday when one of his horses won the Santa Anita Derby and now is heading to the Kentucky Derby.
Pitino rec'd $425K for winning a title...
Barnes rec'd $1M annuity after going 16-18...
I believe he signed a $70 million deal with the Knicks some years ago. He lives the life he wants in Kentucky with his race horses. I wonder if he and Saban are related, love to have both at UT...but then we have our fail system Mr. Dodds in place to prevent such success.
The thought that Dodds is preventing such success is asinine. Pitino isn't coming to Texas. Not even for a truckload of $... He's already got ten truckloads. Louisville is a bball school. Texas is not. He has his roots in KY. And saying "it doesn't hurt to try" is naive. If Pitino had interest, it would be known. Agents make sure of that. Pitino, and coaches of he and Saban's caliber, know they can go wherever, whenever. They aren't waiting to be reached out to.
Now that's ROI for you.
same here. pitino brings more to that university than the president does, and deserves to be paid accordingly.
Part of the problem with idiotic whining about athlete and coach salaries & earnings is the failure of writers and whiners to comprehend the national economic impact of sports. The sports segment in America is the 6th largest (I believe, it's been a few years) economic segment as a contributor to US GDP. It isn't as if the highest performing elements of that segment aren't worthy of the outsized compensation that they receive. It's not a negative reflection on our society or a sign of priorities being in the wrong place. Sports matter, from toddler to retirement home. The plaintive, bleeding heart bitching by some in society about the focus on sports is naïveté and ignorance doing nothing but harm.
Might try and read the words one at a time. Never said, "it doesn't hurt to try." UT and any school would love to have Saban and Rick, just saying...O.K.? As far as Dodds, I'll stand by opinion of success. With the assets UT has, we should have the best...every F***ing year. Mack, I respect but he should be gone. Look at Bama, they aren't an aboration. When junior Sula didn't win enough, he an ex QB for Bama was canned. They put their elephant nuts and a bunch of cash on the table and scored Saban. Dodds has failed UT. Just MHO.
Barnes also received a $1 million bonus after the 2009-2010 season when he went 24-10 (9-7 in conference for 6th place) and lost in the 1st round of the tourney.
People really do focus too much on what our coaches are making in the revenue producing sports. Should they be doing better? Absolutely. Would paying them less have any effect on that? Not really, unless it was negative.
As has been stated before, is there a better overall coach/recruiter out there that we have a true shot of getting to come to Texas in either basketball or baseball for the same money? God forbid we actually pay someone more money for posters to complain about when they don't go undefeated.
We have seen the dream hires. They are all highly paid people in established jobs that have pipelines for recruits set up already. Even if we paid them $10 million it would be unlikely they would move because it would just complicate their lives for a few incremental dollars. Larry Brown, who is arguably one of the most talented coaches in the history of basketball, finished 15-17 this year. He is also in his 70s, but he might be one of the few coaches with talent that might move here. He is also harder on his players than Barnes will ever be, and that is one of the major criticisms of Barnes.
The administration doesn't like to go for the riskier small school hires into head coaching positions either. So we are either left with status quo, hiring a retread failure (pick a name) from somewhere else, or waiting out Dodds (who is in his 70s). Since the long view is almost always my preferred one, I'm willing to wait.
The key is who we replace that position with, not how much Barnes, Augie, and Mack are making.
Mack, Barnes, & Augie = $8.7M + bonuses
The best we get is an Alamo Bowl, a baseball team that misses the regionals, & a basketball team @ sub .500 with multiple transfers...all that for $8.7M & it doesn't matter?
it was actually closer to $9.7 million when you add in the $1 million bonus Barnes just received.
$5.4 + $2.4+ $1.0 + $900K
Weren't most of these salary bumps and bonuses given years ago when we actually wanted to keep these coaches?
The bloodless accountant from Kansas can spend it and make it - he's good at both.
It's just his ROI that's pretty bad.
Barnes was given his bonuses in 2007 after he allegedly was getting interest from KY.
Mack was given an extension after his worst 2 years as HC at UT. Think about that one for a moment.
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